Another hallmark holiday has arrived! Along with it, comes the bombardment of advertising pulling you into the hype of buying up big. The commercialized romance of Valentines Day has been exploiting lovers for many years. Although it serves as a great reminder to show our partners we care, there is an unfortunately side to this love story. So this year, we ask you; will you be my (sustainable) valentine?
Impulsive, last minute or guilt fuelled shopping tends to lead us down a dark path to unsustainable, unethical and unnecessary gifts. Before you pick up that excessively packaged box of chocolates, giant shiny heart shaped balloon or fluffy stuffed animal, ask yourself the following questions:
– Where was it made? Did it get to you via dangerous sweatshop factories and cheap import companies or was it hand crafted by a local artist with a small business?
– What is it made of? Is it comprised of things that harm the environment and/or your body? Or is it made with sustainable and natural materials?
– What is it’s purpose? Is it something that has a one time use before becoming trash? Or will your lover will actually use and appreciate it for a long time?
– Where will it end up? Will it be added to landfill to pollute the earth? Or will it breakdown when composted and leave no trace of its existence?
It’s a serious matter that all too often slips the minds of many. Where you shop has a larger impact on the world than you think. By simply by making changes to how you shop, you have the power to make a difference. Show your loved one you care about them AND the planet by gifting them with something sustainable. It doesn’t even need to be a physical item, sometimes the best gifts are things you experience together!
But it is only a couple of days away now and if you don’t have the time to plan something special, we have you covered for gifts that tick all of the sustainable, ethical and mindful boxes! Visit us in one of our Melbourne stores to pick up some beautiful handmade soaps, natural perfumes or a personalized gift box put together thoughtfully by you!